Senglea Athletic collected three precious points in the battle against relegation as they defeated St. Andrews 5-0 at the Centenary Stadium on Thursday. A win enables Vincenzo Potenza’s side to leapfrog the Saints.
In fact, Senglea now lie on the 20-point mark, leaving the Saints third from bottom on 18 points. This was the fourth consecutive defeat for St. Andrews.
Diego Venancio da Silva put Senglea ahead on the 9th minute thanks to a direct freekick which gave Calleja Cremona no chance.
Senglea doubled the score on the 35th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Augusto Rene Caseres was brought down inside the area and Diego Venancio converted from the penalty spot.
Diego Venancio completed a hat-trick seven minutes in the second half with a powerful drive from outside the area when served by Nikola Mitic.
Leighton Grech made it 4-0 on 62 minutes when he slotted the ball past the St. Andrews custodian following athrough pass by Matias Garcia.
Augusto Rene Caseres added another thirteen minutes from time, hitting home from close range after a good move between Matic and Maurkawa and a short clearance by a defender.
SENGLEA Matthew Farrugia, Taisei Marukawa, Zachary Cassar, Nikola Mitic, Leighton Grech (71′ Gary Camilleri), Gonzalo Julian Leyton, Diego Venancio da Silva, Matias Nicolas Garcia (78′ Karl Cutajar), Augusto Rene Caseres, Arian Mrsulja, Christian Sammut (82′ Matthew Bartolo).
Subs not used: Zach Valletta, Luke Scorfna, Larson Mallia, Bradley Schembri.
Coach: Vincenzo Potenza
Asst. Coach: Darren Anton Vella
ST. ANDREWS Matthew Calleja Cremona, Kevyn Mcfarlane (59′ Luke Sciberras), Malik O’Shea Stewart (60′ Aidan Jake Friggieri), Kemar Reid, Joseph Farrugia, Kurt Magro, Adrian Borg, Jacob Walker, Martin Davis, Travis Blagrove, Matthew Woo Ling (75′ Dejan Debono).
Subs not used: Elmaddin Mammadov, Adam Magri Overend, Jordan Kelly, Samuel Barthet.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
Referee: Ishmael Barbara
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Mitchell Scerri
Fourth Official: Alan Mario Sant
Yellow Cards: Walker, Venancio, Sammut, Farrugia
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